Author Archives: UntraveledRoads

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.

Turning Point

There should be a word for the moment you know your spirit will survive a catastrophe. Catastrophic news is like a car crash. Having had both in the last month, I am ideally situated to compare. “You must have been … Continue reading

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Pain Full

Deja vu! It's been a grey day. I have been reading more about myeloma, not pulling the punches. It is written by a doctor, so there's a degree of detatchment. “The patient”, compliant – good. Smarty pants – very bad … Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift

Some wish blessings, others pray for them. Some send blessings and they become one. Joyce C. Lock   If it is more blessed to give than receive, why do self-help books keep telling us support is vital to our well … Continue reading

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Walking Ahead

Am so tired of “bucket lists” which always seem to be high carbon, consuming rather than giving. Then, tables turned, my myeloma cuts my future off. All the “one day” things I had parked for sometime way off have to … Continue reading

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Gently Does It

  Gentle verb (used with object), gentled, gentling. to tame; render tractable, to mollify; calm; pacify; to stroke; soothe by petting. to ennoble; dignify.   An email from a friend with back pain: “How do I keep the pesky muscles … Continue reading

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Go Gently into the Good Night

  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians. 13 (King James)   I have a diagnosis … Continue reading

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One Smile

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Theresa   It was just a CT scan with contrast. Nothing special – except what the results would show. The waiting room was beige, … Continue reading

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